Originally from Romania, I moved to Scotland back in 2001, when I was 18 years old, to study psychology and sociology at the University of Edinburgh. I fell in love with social psychology, a branch of psychology that examines the social aspect of being human, and decided to pursue an academic career. I started working on a variety of research projects to do with emotions and social identity, and completed an MPhil at Cardiff University and a PhD at the University of Edinburgh.
When, in the final year of my PhD, I moved from Edinburgh to Glasgow, I got involved in the theatre scene. I was so blown away by the people I met and the projects I became involved with that I started exploring my own creativity in more depth than ever before. By the time I handed in my PhD thesis, at the end of 2009, I no longer wanted to write academic articles about emotions; I wanted to feel. Nor did conducting lab-based experiments about social identity satisfy my curiosity any more; I wanted to explore different ways of being, within myself. I decided to abandon academia and throw myself full-pelt into creative pursuits.
For the first half of 2010, I ran a daily blog on this site, about creating legacy. At the time, I thought my aim in writing the blog was to help other people figure out and develop long-term legacy projects. I now realise that what I was in fact doing was exploring my own views on the practical aspects of leading a creative life. I was teaching myself about the steps I needed to take. Once I had finished exploring some of the more basic issues, enough to get myself started down the creative path I was wanting to take, I stopped blogging about creativity and actually started doing the kinds of things I was blogging about. At the time I felt guilty about abandoning the blog; now it makes sense that I needed to take a break from it.
You can still find my old articles from that time on this blog, if you are interested, although since writing them in 2010, and starting to put theory into practice, my ideas have evolved. I no longer agree with everything I wrote back then, nor am I too keen on the rather preachy way in which I wrote those blog posts. But I do not want to erase that record. It is how my mind worked at that time, and it is interesting to observe, at least for me. I have no doubt that my ideas will always keep developing.
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